I’m definitely not anti-January. Everyone’s always banging on about how miserable it is but I quite like the fact that it’s an opportunity for a new start, that I get to turn over some new leaves and try and make a better version of me. I’m not a big fan of the weather, unless it snows, but we can get some beautiful crisp sunny days in January and I love those. There is one thing I absolutely loathe about January though and that is the general lack of funds! I never have any money in January, it doesn’t matter how careful I am over Christmas not to overspend there is never anything left in the coffers come the new year. It doesn’t help that with the new year comes the new term so that means the need to fork out for violin lessons, recorder lessons, drum lessons, dancing etc etc etc! At the beginning of each term it feels like there is a steady stream of letters asking for money we don’t actually have. Having worked part time for the last two years I have always been on the look out for ways to earn a bit of extra money here and there and I recently saw someone post on a Facebook group that they were short of money this month and did anyone know of any ways she could make some money quickly to help her out until that much coveted payday at the end of January. The worst thing about having no money in January is that it’s the time when you really want to spend it! There are so many great sales on and all I want to do is browse and fill my shopping cart with lots of lovely things! So my focus over the next few weeks is to start doing more of the things I’m going to list below. Some I’ve been doing for a little while but others I’ve only just recently started so I’ll let you know how it goes. Here are my top 5 ways to earn extra cash.
1. Online Surveys
Ok, so I’ve had both positive and negative results with online surveys over the years. Some promise the world but every time I go to complete a survey it tells me I don’t qualify or it’s no longer available and it can get incredibly frustrating. There are a few, though, which have really been great and so easy to use. My favourites are Voxpopme and OnePulse. These are both apps you can download to your phone. Voxpopme asks you to record a short video (max 1 minute) on your phone in response to a question they may have or a video they show you. It’s so quick and easy and once you’ve recorded your video and uploaded it, it takes usually up to 24 hours to receive payment. The videos generally pay anything from 25 pence to £1 per video – obviously the more you do the more money you make. Phoebe and I recently recorded two videos for Lego both just a minute long and we got paid £5 for them – definitely worth it! OnePulse sends 3 question surveys direct to the app. Some are just for fun and others are paid. The more you do of both the more you will be sent. They are usually multiple choice type questions and generally take 30 seconds to complete. Payment is around 20p per survey and you also earn points for each survey you do. Once you get passed a certain number of points you start earning a higher amount for your surveys. OK, so these aren’t huge money earners but they’re quick and easy and it doesn’t take long for your account to mount up. Once you have £10 in your account you can cash out straight to your Paypal account.
I also do surveys with Swagbucks, Prolific and have just joined Crowdology. These ones generally take slightly longer to complete – and to be honest I am not very good at going on and checking what surveys I have regularly. So I will start doing that over the next few weeks and see what I can earn.
The final site I have just joined is Usertesting. This is a website that sends you links to other websites and gives you tasks to complete while you talk through what you are doing and give feedback on the website. I’ve only done the test survey so far and am waiting to hear if I am accepted but it was quite good fun and each one just takes around 20 minutes to complete. The site says they pay around $10 for a survey so we will see if that’s true once I can get going!
I don’t sell a lot on eBay although Andrew does and has had some great success. Poor Archie sold a lot of his treasured Pokemon cards just before Christmas and unfortunately several of the buyers claimed they did not receive them so we learnt a lesson in making sure everything is sent recorded delivery from now on. However, it is a great platform for selling your unwanted goods and I have managed to sell some clothes in the past. Phoebe has several pairs of tap shoes she has outgrown and we have a whole bag of shoes and trainers that Archie has outgrown and are still in great condition so I’m going to get those uploaded this week and see if we can make a bit extra that way. I’ve also had quite good results from selling items on local Facebook selling pages and as we have an old bike of Phoebe’s that needs to go I might try selling it that way for speed and ease!
3. Car Boot/Garage Sales
There aren’t a huge amount of car boot sales around at this time of year but now is the time to start stocking things up and clearing out ready for when they start in March/April time. We had a big clear out of toys and games just before Christmas and there are so many things still in the house that we need to get rid of. It won’t bring us money to help in January but it will definitely help towards our holiday later in the year and we might find some things we can sell on eBay in the process (see above!).
4. Direct Selling
I joined Avon when I first left my job nearly two years ago and I love it. Not only has it got me to meet lots of people that live local to me, it gets me out of the house exercising, it enables me to buy lovely products very cheaply and makes me some money at the same time. I don’t make huge amounts (typically around £50 every 3 weeks sometimes more) but I don’t give it a huge amount of time or effort. I have my small batch of customers and I just issue catalogues to them every 3 weeks and then collect their orders and deliver the goods when they arrive. It really is a very low maintenance job and I often get the whole family helping out – even the dog comes too! I know if I put more work into it I could certainly earn more money and it is possible to make a good full time income if you enjoy it enough. If you want to find out more about becoming an Avon representative check out their website. There are plenty of other direct selling organisations that work in a similar way to Avon and most are free to join with no initial outlay so you can get started straight away.
5. Affiliate Marketing and Influencer sites
When I started my blog I signed up for affiliate marketing right away thinking that I could make a fortune by telling people about products that I liked. Unfortunately it’s not quite that easy but I have made a small amount this way. My biggest issue is I don’t do it enough so I’m going to try to focus a bit more on that over the next few months and see how it goes. When you start building your followers, particularly on Instagram, you can also join Influencer programmes and make money by applying for sponsored content. I have recently joined Tribe but so far I haven’t had the courage to apply for any of the opportunities! I will definitely try this out over the next few days and see if I get accepted.
There are so many other ways of making quick money, especially online. I’ve never really kept track of what I’ve made in the past (apart from Avon) so am certainly going to make myself a little spreadsheet (I love a spreadsheet!) and track my earnings from these extras over 2018. Are there any sites that you find are great for earning extra money? I would love to hear about your successes!